The Second Noble Truth: The Origins of Suffering Part 2

with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown & Loden Nyima

September 14th—October 19th

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  • $110 Program Price
  • $175 Patron Price
  • Pay what you can afford (enter amount in registration)

This is an online program.

This fall, the Seattle Shambhala Center is pleased to continue the series of five courses that make up the year long program, Foundations for Freedom, currently being offered by Shambhala online.  Each of the Five courses, framed around the Four Noble Truths, include pre-recorded talks taught by Shambhala’s very senior teachers and a facilitated discussion led by a local Seattle teacher. 

This is the third in a series of five courses exploring the profundity of the Hinayana teachings of the Buddha. 

It is open to all with no prerequisites.

Course III Overview

The foundational teachings of the Buddha indicate that the suffering we experience in our lives can come to cessation if we recognize, deeply and profoundly, how that suffering has arisen.  This requires gentle bravery and deep contemplation, bypassing simplistic notions of how our suffering has arisen.  The Buddha provided powerful models for this contemplation through the interrelated teachings of karma and kleśa, or destructive emotions, as exemplified in the Wheel of Life.  Drawing from the contemporary insights of our Shambhala Buddhist lineage, we will tread the ancient path of the Buddha.

Class 1: Introduction to the Second Noble Truth and Mindfulness of Life, with Loden Nyima and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

Class 2: Kunjung of Klesa and Karma, with Loden Nyima and Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown (Pre-recorded)

Class 3: Wheel of Life and the Six Realms, with Loden Nyima (Pre-recorded)

Class 4: Twelve Nidanas: Cause (1-2) and Result (3-7), with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown (Pre-recorded)

Class 5: Twelve Nidanas: Present Lifetime (8-10) and Future Lifetime (11-12), with Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown (Pre-recorded)

Class 6: The Long View: Karma and Lifetimes and Cosmology, with Loden Nyima (Pre-recorded)


A Year-Long Exploration -- Foundations For Freedom: The Hinayana

In the spirit of  “returning to square one”–a favorite expression of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, a group of Acharyas were inspired to offer to the community an in-depth study of the foundational Buddhist teachings of the Hinayana.

This year-long program will provide a thorough and extensive exploration of the Hinayana path drawing on teachings from the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, other prominent teachers and classic sources. The emphasis will be on cultivating maitri or friendliness to oneself, and on the Shambhala teachings of basic goodness, gentleness and bravery–allowing us to meet the modern human condition with warriorship and dignity.

The Four Noble Truths are used as the overall organizing principle, with the Four Foundations of Mindfulness interwoven to provide a meditative method for embracing the totality of our basically good experience—including pain and suffering—as our practice and working basis.

As the Vidyadhara said: “Never forget the Hinayana!”

Course 3/ Starts Monday September 14, 2020

More information regarding accessing the program online will be sent to registrants via email closer to the program’s start date.

Questions? Reach out to us at [email protected] or [email protected] for technical assistance or program questions.